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Sergei Prokofiev:
Musical Sleigh Rides

Prokofiev was not the only classical composer to paint a musical portrait of a sleigh ride on a snowy day. Listen as we take you through several other examples of this frosty form of transportation.

Other shows about Sergei Prokofiev:
Peter and the Wolf
About Sergei Prokofiev
How Suite It Is
The Story of Lt. Kije

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About Sergei Prokofiev
4/23/1891 - 3/5/1953
Born in Ukraine

Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev was born in 1891 in Sontsovka, a small village in Ukraine. Early on, it was clear that he had musical talent. His mother, who was a very good pianist, encouraged him, and taught him to play the piano. Sergei began composing at the age of five. When he got a bit older, he and his mother moved to St. Petersburg, so that he could study music there.

After Prokofiev graduated from school, he traveled around Europe to learn more about music. World War I and the Russian Revolution made living and working in Russia very difficult, so Prokofiev left the country in 1918. Paris eventually became his home, but he also spent time in the United States and the Bavarian Alps. But the whole time he was away from Russia, Prokofiev longed for his homeland. In 1936, he made the unusual decision to move back to the Soviet Union.

Prokofiev was a master at using music to tell a story. One of his most famous musical stories is Peter and the Wolf, which was written for Russia's Central Children's Theatre. You may have seen it performed in school, or on the concert stage.

In addition to symphonic music, Prokofiev wrote ballets, operas, and music for films -- like Lieutenant KijÚ

See other composers born in Ukraine


This Week's Quiz:

1. What instrument imitated bells and horses hooves in Jacques Ibert's musical sleighride?






2.Who took the sleighride in Prokofiev's Troika?

A young student

His piano teacher

The President

The Tsar

Lt. Kije

3. What instrument joins in the sleighride?







Sergei Prokofiev
Lt. KijÚ Suite

Composed in 1933
Performed by Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Mogrelia, conductor

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